Time: 19 June, 18:00-19:30

Location: Vega Scene, Hausmanns gate 28

”There has been a lot of focus on gender politics and feminism in the recent years. And the public debate has been really heated and even divided the feminist movement. In 'What is a Woman?' I don't take anybody's side, but give the audience a chance to reflect for themselves. I feel this discussion can be both scary and personal, but it's really important to be a part of it. I hope that this film will shed light on this debate and reach a larger audience."
– Marin Håskjold

Fotogalleriet and Vega Scene are delighted to host the Oslo premiere of What is a Woman? (2020, 14'13), a short film by Marin Håskjold that aims to explore existential questions around gender and identity.

The characters and the script for the film hail from comments and articles shared on a secret Norwegian feminist discussion-group on Facebook. Here, issues concerning gender and trans rights brought forward philosophical questions inscribed in societal structures dictating our everyday life and behaviour regarding the perception of our bodies. The film asks: Who can define who is a woman and who is not? Is gender biologically or socially coditioned?

Håskjold works with improvisation and intuition, instead of a classic manuscript, to shape dialogues for further investigation, and to create complex characters to sharpen issues at stake in identity and gender related issues.

The screening will be followed by a discussion between film director Marin Håskjold, curator and writer Tominga Hope O'Donnell and actress Mina Alette Høvik.

After the conversation, Håskjold's debut film Lady of the Night (2017, 13') will be screened. Here, something that starts like a prank of a boy in a dress at a Christmas table escalates into a performance of hierarchies of gender.

This event is part of a long-term collaboration between Fotogalleriet and Vega Scene for the presentation of artworks at the intersection of visual art and film.

Please note: The conversation following the screening will be held in Norwegian. The films are subtitled in English. Ticket may be purchased through eBillett through Vega Scene (link: A limited number of tickets are available through Fotogalleriet on a first come, first served basis. To request complimentary ticket (individual requests only, ten seats available in total), please e-mail [email protected].


Marin Håskjold (b.1993, Trondheim) is an artist and a filmmaker. She has participated in a number of exhibitions and film festivals including the Rainbow Umbrella film festival in London and the LGBT Toronto Film Festival. She trained at the Nordland School of Arts and Film in Kabelvåg in the Lofoten Islands, and she holds a BA from the Tromsø Academy of Contemporary Art. What is a Woman?debuted at The Norwegian Short Film Festival in Grimstad.

Mina Alette Høvik (b. 1995, Halden) is an actress and blogger, who plays Juni in What is a Woman? When she was 16 years old her blog went viral when she publically came out as trans, ever since Høvik has been an active participant in the debate on gender identity. In 2018 Høvik was on the cover of the Norwegian women’s magazine KK.

Tominga Hope O’Donnell is Senior Curator of Contemporary Art at the Munch Museum in Oslo, where she/they curated the programme Munchmuseet on the Move (2016–2019), adopting a queer curatorial approach. Her/their educational background includes a BA in Modern History and Politics from the University of Oxford, an MA Curating Contemporary Art from the Royal College of Art, and a PhD from the Oslo School of Architecture and Design on the exhibition as a spatial construct. O’Donnell is also Associate Professor (20%) at The Art Academy – Department of Contemporary Art at the University of Bergen (2018–).


Fotogalleriet is Scandinavia's oldest institution for photography and moving images. As a nonprofit foundation, Fotogalleriet's principal funding comes from The Arts Council Norway. Additional funding is provided by the Norwegian Photographic Fund (Nofofo). Partial funding comes from the Royal Norwegian Ministry of Culture and the Oslo Municipality.

Vega Scene is an independent cinema and a small city theatre focusing on arthaus films and experimental drama.